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Project Blogs Never Been Easier nor More Useful

by Hal on May 28, 2009

in collaboration, design, innovation, kaizen, leadership, lean, teams

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About seven years ago I speculated on this weblog a use for blogging on projects. It was a naive post at the time. I didn't have real conviction about it. I never encouraged my clients to have a try. Well, times have changed, or maybe I have changed. Project collaboration and up-to-date communication is valued more than ever. The technology just got so simple that there's no work to do to create and maintain a project blog.

Send an email and the project update is made

Posterous is a blogging and social media platform that works from your email account. You can use it from your desktop or your mobile phone. Just send a message to post@posterous.com and the rest is magic! The subject of your email becomes the title of the post. Anything you attach — photos, Powerpoint, recordings, documents — are handled by Posterous and presented elegantly on your blog. You can set up your blog so every member of your team can post. That would be very useful for keeping everyone up to date on progress, particularly when geographically dispersed. Just send an email and the project update is made!

These guys have thought of everything, or so it seems. They provide for private sites so you can post secure information only available to people who have established a username and password. RSS is also automatic along with a facility to update Twitter, Facebook, etc. You can also use your own url. You get 1Gb of storage that will expand as they grow their service.

Help your team collaborate.

Best part…Posterous isn't charging for the service.1 Posterous plans a premium service. I can't guess what a project team would need that isn't included in the no-pay version. So, try Posterous out. Just send an email to post@posterous.com. You'll be project blogging in no time. (Please share your experience.)

  1. There are a number of free website/weblog services. One of the better ones is Weebly. [ ⇑ back ]

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dennis D. McDonald May 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I absolutely agree that Posterous is about as easy as it gets for a group of people to create a blog. I think, though, that a local search feature and support for collaborative tagging will be needed to make it useful once the posts start piling up. Still, it’s very impressive compared with the cumbersome nature of getting a group of people to collaborate using Google Docs.

2 Project Management Tools & Techniques May 29, 2009 at 12:22 am

Looks like you’re a ycombinator fan! (They funded Posterous and Weebly).

Have you looked into Rescuetime? Different problem domain, same funders.

3 Simon G May 29, 2009 at 2:23 am

We are trying out BaseCamp – but it charges.

4 Hal May 29, 2009 at 10:12 am

Didn’t know about ycombinator connection. Just like the two products. I just looked at Rescuetime. Not a tool I’ll be using in my company. Just read that the most productive people in an office are often those people who use the Internet for personal use. Forget where I read that.

5 Michael Lombard May 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Great stuff. A couple of years ago I began using a simple blog at my company (Palm Harbor Homes) to encourage discussions about how Lean applied to our factory homebuilding system. I found it to be a fun and effective way to communicate, and it looks like the solution you discuss in your post is even more effective as a project communication tool. The only challenges I’ve faced with using a blog (or anything other than e-mail for that matter) is that some folks in the construction industry tend to shy away from current technology enough to limit their participation. But, that’s a barrier that can be overcome in time. Again, great stuff!

6 Diwant Vaidya June 1, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Hello Hal,

Saw your interview on Bas’s blog. We seem to share thinking on PM so I look foward to reading your blog from here on as well.


7 Hal June 4, 2009 at 9:02 am

Just set up a project blog using Posterous for a small project that I’m doing with the PMI New Media Council. We’re working on something for the fall PMI Congress. The set-up process was a snap. Within minutes we were posting to our new blog. I’ll let you know how it goes.

8 Project Management October 20, 2009 at 4:31 am

I like Posterous, because I can post to many different services: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, even Blogger and WordPress. I also like the default theme — it’s crisp and clean.

9 Sam Kidd November 18, 2010 at 11:15 am

Posterous is a great service, we set one up a while ago and it’s made blogging a lot easier to do. Blogging is always something I try to do all the time but it is a massive time sink when your starting out. Posterous has made it easier for sure, it’s kinda like the twitter of blogging, you can get away with nice short posts and it still looks good because the layout is nice.

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